KHC Maverick review

KHC
Maverick M-88

by

Mats

aka

Marsupilami

of
Seriemordarna

Stock
Specifications
Make: Keiheisha
(KHC)
FPS
around
230 fps (stock fps may vary)
Length:
724mm
Weight: 3,0kg

Capacity:

around
250BBs

Hopup Non
adjustable

KHC


Background
I’ve
never been that impressed with Marui´s triple barrelled
shotguns since they are more like sniper rifles then shotguns.
They have often better range and accuracy than a stock AEG.
Not really what I’m looking for in a shotgun.

Maruzen
have a few nice guns, as do Marushin, but they all have some
little tidbit that I don’t feel quite comfortable with.

I ran
into an old KHC Maverick M-88 in a shop over in Denmark a couple
of years ago. I remember thinking it was quite cool, but a bit
“plasticy” looking. I’d just bought myself a new AEG
and after a short look at the Maverick, I put it aside and left
the shop with a first generation KSC Glock 17 instead. A GBB
was more fun and much more usable than a shotgun.

Lately,
I’ve been thinking about this old shotgun more and more. It
seemed to have everything that I want in a shotgun, and as a
bonus you can’t exactly call it common, which I like. I decided
to take the 45 min trip to the other side of the strait, to
find out if they still had any left. Judging by this review,
I leave it up to you to guess what the result was. :o)

How
is it?
It resembles the basic design of the Marui
shotguns. It’s spring powered and the BBs are fed into separate
inner barrels when you cock it.

The
similarities ends here however. The M-88 has four inner barrels
opposed to the TM three. It also have a metal “mechbox”
instead of the plastic internals found in the Marui shotties.
When it comes to loading the gun, I prefer Marui´s shells
over KHC´s solution of just pouring the BBs into it in
a similar way as Top´s M60 series of machine guns. This
is purely a personal matter since I’m allergic to everything
that even remotely resembles a hi cap magazine.

Ok,
time for some action! The first thing I noticed was how hard
it was to cock. It’s much heavier to pump than the Marui shotties.
I haven’t used a Marui shotgun for a while so I can’t really
say how much harder it is though.

I would
say that at least 50% of the people who tries it doesn’t manage
to cock it at their first go. Once you learn the right technique
it isn’t a problem anymore, but I’m willing to bet that your
arms will be quite painful after a day of extensive use.

The
BBs are gravity fed and as long as you keep the gun reasonably
horizontal when you pump it, it works flawlessly. I haven’t
managed to missfeed a single BB so far – at least not that I’m
aware of. My wish for a better spread than Marui´s tripled
barrelled “sniper rifles” was more than granted. At
10m, the spread is about 25-30cm, and at maximum range, which
is about the same as a stock AEG, it’s something like 60-70cm.

The
front pistol grip is removable. It’s held in place by two screws,
which are a bit hard to get at. Without the front pistol grip,
the grip is a bit bulky, but still comfortable. I recommend
you to keep the pistol grip if you plan on using this little
bullpup for more than a short skirmish every now and then. You’ll
need the extra help the pistol grip gives you to be able to
pump it all day.

A nice
little detail is that the ejection port is connected with the
pump action. It opens when you pull back the pump handle, and
closes when you let it forward.

The
finish might not be top notch. Even though it’s real steel counterpart
is made in some plastic/composite material, I doubt that it
has the same plastic fantastic shine as this replica. When you
pick up the gun, all of the plastic feel just goes away. It’s
heavy, about 3 kg, which is more than most AEGs and almost a
kilo more than the Marui shotguns. Most things that are metal
on the real steel counterpart are metal on this replica.

The
metal parts are: the outer barrel, heat shield, ejection port,
shell loading mechanism, rear sight, trigger and the saftey.
It’s very well balanced with it’s centre of gravity just in
the middle of it all, making it easy to handle and shoot single
handed.

Conclusion
I’m very happy with my Maverick. It has everything
I was looking for in a shotgun, and then some in the
way of range which was much better than I even dared
to dream about. The only negative thing I have to
say about it is the way you load the BBs, but I can
live with that.

Appearance

5/10

Build
Quality

7/10

Performance

9/10

Value
For Money

9/10

Overall
Potential
9/10
“Coolness” 8/10

External
Links:
Seriemordarna

Site
links:
TBA

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Last
modified:
Saturday, November 30, 2002 12:12 PM
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